A Little Spring Fun: Make Fig Jam and Goat Cheese Pizza!

by Alexandra Hedin

A Little Spring Fun: Make Fig Jam and Goat Cheese Pizza!
Hi!  I’m Alexandra Hedin – a lifestyle and entertaining expert from the Pacific Northwest.  I provide inspiration, recipes, and crafts for creating a lovely life.  It doesn’t take much to make everyday lovely – or to have fun.  And isn’t that what life is about? All week I’m showing you how I threw together a little springtime affair that takes only a little thought and some good friends.   

Yesterday, I fixed a charming little cocktail and today, an appetizer to go with it: Goat & Fig Pizza.  A homemade pizza makes a really fast and easy appetizer.  I love making little pizzas with a homemade crust and seasonal ingredients from the garden or the farmers market.  

This super simple appetizer is really delicious and can take as little as ten minutes.  Which means you have no excuse not to entertain!  Have fun, have a party!   

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A Little Spring Fun: How to Make a Violet Fizz

by Alexandra Hedin

A Little Spring Fun: How to Make a Violet Fizz
Hi!  I’m Alexandra Hedin – a lifestyle and entertaining expert from the Pacific Northwest.  I provide inspiration, recipes, and crafts for creating a lovely life.  It doesn’t take much to make everyday lovely – or to have fun.  And isn’t that what life is about? All week I’ll be here showing you how I threw together a little springtime affair that takes only a little thought and some good friends. 

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Giveaway: Win a SodaStream Fountain Jet Starter Kit ($100+ Value)

by Chris Gardner

Giveaway: Win a SodaStream Fountain Jet Starter Kit ($100+ Value)

It's Kitchen Month on Curbly; and we think the kitchen is the do-it-yourself-iest room in the house. Yeah, it's easier to purchase packaged, pre-made, preservativeful foods, but it's also pricier and worse for your health. And nothing beats the taste of home-made.

created at: 08/22/2011

Soda (pop, for you midwesterners) is no exception; you can make your own awesome-tasting soda and save money doing it! To help you, we've teamed up with SodaStream to give away one of their "Fountain Jet Soda Lover's Starter Kits", so you can start whipping up your own soda pops and sparkling waters at home.  Read on to find out how to win!

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Build a Mad Men Bar with Vintage Cocktail Ware and Classic Recipes

by Meg Allan Cole
Build a Mad Men Bar with Vintage Cocktail Ware and Classic Recipes


If all of this talk of fall entertaining drives you to drink, never fear, that's all you really need to be a great host. Building a stylish & chic bar can be your biggest asset during the cold and cozy seasons. Nothing welcomes someone into your home more than a freshly-poured drink on the rocks in a classic highball glass.

created at: 10/26/2010

I've assembled most of our barware from Etsy. Vintage highballs, drinks carts and ice buckets that would fit nicely in Don Draper's office create an air of elegance we're sorely missing these days. I say we bring the classic five o'clock cocktail hour back with finds like these.

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How To Make Olive Penguins.

by Chris Gardner

Try floating one of these in your next Ultimate Arctic Martini.

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From Serious Eats: "These are probably meant for six-year olds, but they still provide me with gobs of joy. All you need is a black olive (for the penguin head), a bigger one (for the bulbous bod), a little carrot medallion (with a triangle sliced out for the beak), and a mozzarella ball (or cream cheese works). Extra credit if you can make them an edible igloo. It's pretty...

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How to Make Easy Cherry Syrup and a Sparkling Cherry Cooler

by Chris Gardner

How to Make Easy Cherry Syrup and a Sparkling Cherry Cooler

So, on Saturday, I went to pick up my weekly CSA harvest, and the wonderful young lady pointed to an enormous box of bing cherries, and said, "Also, you're welcome to take as many of those as you want, but they're super ripe, so they gotta be used today."

"Really?" I said, as I grabbed a produce bag.

"Yeah. Take the whole box if you want..."

Well, I DID want, so I took the box, and realized, as I popped my third into my mouth on the walk...

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It's All About the Nog: Egg Nog Recipes and Ideas for the Holiday Season.

by Chris Gardner

Egg Nog is a dichotomizing phenomenon: egg nog fans tout its contributions to holiday cheer, and those with a distaste are avid and vocal nog haters.

Perhaps the source of the schism is the source: those who love it have experienced true, homemade egg nog (most likely with some Christmas "spirits" added), and those who hate must only know the nasty storebought options. I'd always been in the latter category until last December, when I experienced...

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Make Skittles Vodka.

by Chris Gardner

I haven't eaten Skittles since the time I did so while spinning around in a barber chair for 30 minutes, after which they came back for a visit... I believe I was eight.

 

 I'm pretty sure I won't get over my fear for this recipe either, but you should totally give it a try...

 

 
Of course, you'll drink responsibly.  

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How To Make a Fish Martini

by DIY Maven

1. Make a martini

2. Buy these cool drink markers at Perpetual Kid and stick them on/in your martini glasses

How To Make a Fish Martini

The markers have powerful earth magnets so they shouldn't become de-attached while you’re tossing down your beverage. But to be on the safe side, I’d suggest not drinking alone just in case you need to be Heimliched.

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